There are bound to be a few things about your wedding you will wish you’d done differently, but there’s a world between mild regret and a major catastrophe! Here are the top ten wedding planning mistakes you don’t want to make.
1. Getting over-enthusiastic with your save the date cards. They might not be a formal invitation, but anyone who receives one is going to expect a proper invite in due course. Only send your Save the Date cards out once you’ve finalised your guest list.
2. Not meeting your wedding photographer in person. In order to get the photos you want it’s crucial that you meet, or at least speak with, your wedding photographer before the big day to establish your expectations and allow them to see how you interact as a couple. It’s one reason an engagement session is a good idea.
3. Blowing the budget on a designer wedding dress and forgetting about the rest of your outfit. Make sure your budget includes everything from tiara to toes.
4. Being unreasonable about what you want with the budget you have. Tropical flowers in January and having Mariah Carey sing as you sign the register are possible – as long as you have the money to pay for them. Be realistic about what you can afford and make the best choice for your budget.
5. Getting stressed over the little details. Believe me, the size of calligraphy on the place cards is not something you or your guests will remember. As long as you get to exchange vows it’s ok if things don’t go exactly as planned.
6. Under catering. A party that runs out of alcohol at 9pm is no fun, and your guests won’t be impressed if they’re served a sliver of wedding cake the size of their little finger. Be a considerate and generous host and your guests will leave your wedding with fantastic memories.
7. Not asking for help. You’re just two people in love and a wedding can be a big undertaking. Don’t be scared to ask for help from family, your bridal party, or a wedding planner.
8. Stressing over the weather. It’s one aspect of your wedding you can’t control. As a photographer I always have backup photo locations planned in case of rain. You won’t go wrong if you plan for the worst and hope for the best.
9. Not eating. Excitement may stop your brain from feeling hungry, but it won’t do much to sustain your body. Eat small, regular meals during the day and drink enough water. It’s difficult to get fantastic wedding photos if a bride keeps fainting!
10. Ignoring a schedule. It’s important that you have a timetable and that you stick to it. Allow extra for things like hair and makeup, which always take longer than expected. Running late isn’t just rude to your guests, it can also affect your caterers and any suppliers whom you have only booked for a specific time.
Remember what’s truly important and enjoy yourself. This is the event you’ve been looking forward to for months and it will be wonderful.